What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs from an abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid in the space between cells in the body which can advance to chronic inflammation and fibrosis of affected tissues. Lymphedema may occur days, months, or years after cancer surgery or at the onset of obstruction of the lymphatic system.

There are 2 basic forms of Lymphedema:

Primary Lymphedema which may be present at birth, but it more often develops later in life without obvious cause. Secondary Lymphedema which is the most common, and is most likely the result of surgical removal of the lymph nodes due to cancer. Secondary forms may also occur after injury, scarring, trauma, chronic venous insufficiency or infection of the lymphatic system.

Other reasons people can develop lymphedema?

How is Lymphedema Treated?

Lymphedema is treated with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To learn more about Lymphedema treatment click here.

Lymphedema Therapy is available at the following locations and days:

OSPTA - Belle Vernon

OSPTA Belle Vernon
812 Broad Ave.
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
T: (724) 929-5774
F: (724) 929-9524

Office Days:
Monday - Friday

Lori Pazzabon, PT, DPT, CLT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Kelly Pendo, PTA, CLT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist